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Senate OKs Short-Term MAP-21 Extension
As expected, the U.S. Senate approved H.R. 2353, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, extending MAP-21 authorization from May 31 through July 31.
The Senate approved the bill by voice vote in the early morning hours of May 23, just before leaving Washington, D.C., for a week-long recess. The bill has now passed both chambers. President Obama had not yet signed the bill as Passenger Transport went to press.
When lawmakers return from their recess, they’ll have two months to reach an agreement on next steps, including funding. James Inhofe (R-OK), chair of the Senate, Environment and Public Works Committee, and Ranking Member Barbara Boxer (D-CA) issued a statement calling for a long-term bill.
“With the two-month extension of the Highway Trust Fund, Congress prevented many critical road, bridge and transit projects from coming to a grinding halt. But it’s time we end this costly uncertainty with the Highway Trust Fund,” Inhofe and Boxer stated.
“The only solution to fixing this problem is to enact a consensus-based, bipartisan, six-year surface transportation bill that will provide states and local communities the funding and the certainty they need to plan and construct multi-year projects to modernize our infrastructure. Our committee continues to make progress on a consensus, six-year surface transportation reauthorization bill, with a goal to mark up the legislation on June 24.”
For additional details, see APTA’s latest Legislative Alert here.